Meet Our Team

Leah Dunn, Owner & Founder

Born and raised in Virginia, I originally came to Southern California for college in 1999. I instantly fell in love with the novelty of palm trees swaying against my dorm window – this was my kind of place! While I sometimes miss the charm, pace, and drawl of the South, I’ve found my home here in Los Angeles.After college I spent years in corporate jobs, trying to apply the Mathematics degree I’d worked so hard to earn. Eventually, though, the cubicle walls started closing in on me, and I decided to leave the corporate world as a birthday gift to myself in 2009.

Without another opportunity lined up, I found myself spending much of my time with my Cockapoo rescue, Georgia Lou (my little Southern belle). The two of us went on hikes, played fetch at the dog park, or just hung out together at home. I soon realized that I should stop sending out resumes; I couldn't think of a better way to spend my days than combining my two loves: animals and the outdoors! I began providing pet care professionally in July 2009 and founded Out On A Leash in April 2010.

I devote most of my free time to volunteering for Lhasa Happy Homes, a small-dog rescue group on the Westside. I have the pleasure of fostering dogs for the organization until they find their forever homes. In 2014 – after five years of fostering – I finally became a "foster failure" when I adopted my second dog, an adorably quirky little Shih Tzu mix named Franklin.

When I'm not doing something animal-related, I enjoy reading, biking, and watching mindless TV.

Kristin Catalina

Hi Everyone! I’m Kristin. I was born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts and have been in Los Angeles for 6 years and in the pet-care field for 11 years. Growing up, I would visit California and fell in love with everything from the healthy living, the weather and especially how dog and pet friendly everyone is!

I have had a dog since as long as I can remember and many different breeds such as Boxers, English Bulldogs, and a Dachshund. When I moved here, I adopted a puppy named Honey who is a pit-mix. She is a big bundle of love, amazing with all dogs and very much a couch potato. She is my best friend and a big reason why I do what I do today!

I know how much fur babies are a part of the family because I have one of my own, so I will make sure they are always getting the best care possible when they are with me. In my free time I love yoga, surfing, bike rides to the beach, hiking, mediating and spending time with my family & friends. Looking forward to meeting you and your dog soon and very excited to start a new chapter with Out On A Leash!

Fabio Dias

Hi there! My name is Fabio Dias and I am an animal lover and pet owner from Brazil. I moved to the USA with my “hairy family” a few years ago, first to New York, where I worked as a dog walker, pet sitter and dog runner, and now I am enjoying the sunny outdoors of Los Angeles.

As a dog dad I can really relate to the anxieties and expectations of leaving your best friend alone or the difficulties of trusting and finding somebody to take care of them when you’re not around.

What I would like to offer you is the commitment, care and love that I’d like to receive every time I needed somebody to help me with my family.

I know life gets in the way and sometimes we are not able to be as present as we wished, so for those times you can always count on me to care for your loved ones .

Hilary Foster

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Curtis Minato

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